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Jason Knight Set For Quicker Than Expected Return From Injury

Jason Knight Set For Quicker Than Expected Return From Injury

Ireland international Jason Knight is set to make a quicker than expected return from injury for Derby County this weekend.

Knight was expected to be out for eight to 12 weeks after picking up an injury in pre-season with his club side.

At the time, his manager Wayne Rooney said that his spell on the sidelines was set to last between two to three months.

But ahead of Derby's game against Birmingham City on Friday night, the Derby boss confirmed that Knight is in contention to return to his starting XI.

"Jason has been in with us the last couple of days, and he has trained well. He is in contention with us on Friday night."

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He did hint that Knight was nearing a quicker return to full fitness last month, however.

"Knighty is working hard in the gym, [but] he is not quite outside yet," Rooney said last month.

"He is out of his protective boot and he is progressing the way we thought he would.

"I think we are probably looking after the international break before Knighty is back with us."

And so it has proved with the former Cabinteely schoolboy returning to action much sooner than was initially expected.

Jason Knight Set To Return From Injury This Weekend

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His return to the Derby first-team squad comes just days after his Derby and Irish teammate Festy Ebosele learned of some injury news of his own.

The former Bray Wanderers man is expected to be out for a few more weeks with a knee injury.

The 19-year-old picked up his injury just before the international break.

Rooney hoped that Ebosele would return after the international break, but it seems as if it has come too soon for him. Rooney did not provide a new update on his recovery.

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In other Irish injury-related news across the Irish Sea, Southampton's Will Smallbone has strated training again after a long-term injury.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United's Enda Stevens may continue to miss out having missed out on the last three internationals for Ireland.

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